Thursday, June 21, 2018

Prayer Focus - Nursery Workers
4 “What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.” - Hosea 6:4
The middle chapters of Hosea graphically describe Israel’s sin, their unrepentant heart, and the coming judgment. God’s accusation includes a description very characteristic of human behavior. Many people live their life casting a public persona yet living a totally different life. They give every appearance of love, yet there is no lasting love. They want others to believe one thing about them and at the same time be somebody totally different. It does not last, it will quickly fade, it disappears like the dew, and the dryness of authentic relationship with Christ is easily seen. Repentance is not a declaration to do better, it is a process of transformation which comes only by the power of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in our heart. Repentance is often confused with confession or being a one act wonder. Confession is admitting something, one time acts cover up the true motive. Israel was guilty of trying to look like they were repentant and being faithful and loving in order to gain the favor of Yahweh, but it was gone quickly like the morning dew. God knew their heart. God knows our heart. 
Heavenly Father, we repent of insincere repentance. We confess we have been deceived into believing we can have an appearance of a faithful heart and you will not know. Change our hearts to being fully committed to you and help us live out a truly faithful and loving relationship with you. No morning mist faith and love. Lasting faith and love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.